After a few years of spending countless hours together, it is now time to send your young one off to day care. For both parents and children, this can be both an exciting and stressful proposition.
On one hand, you’re giving your child an opportunity to spend time with his peers and explore new surroundings; you’ll also be giving him the resources his hungry mind is craving. And on the other hand, the time you spend apart from your kid can be an opportunity to relax or pursue other endeavours like crafting or simply reading a book.
Of course, it is perfectly normal to feel anxious during his first few weeks in day care. Will he instantly warm up to his new friends? Will he be comfortable with the idea of being separated from you, even for just a few hours?
And then you need to make sure that your child brings with him all the essentials that he will need for his class. For parents, this can get quite tricky, unless the day care centre lists down all the stuff your young one needs.
In the absence of these, you can utilise this checklist.
For your child’s diaper bag, you will need to prepare a few bottles, a blanket he can use for nap time, two sets of shoes (one for indoor use and another for outdoor use), changes of clothes, baby wipes, diapers, beddings, a burp cloth, bibs, a sippy cup, a pacifier, and snacks.
Other items can be stored at the day care facility. These include his favourite toys, medications, extra diapers and baby wipes, and diaper cream.
Make sure that you out kids’ school labels for these in order to prevent misplacing or losing these. In fact, the staff at the day care centre will appreciate this simple tip as it can make their jobs easier.
Often, young children lose items like bottles and sippy cups. Putting a label on each of your child’s belongings will ensure that the chances of these getting lost or swapped with a classmate’s becomes minimal and you do not have to spend more money getting new things for your child to replace the misplaced ones.
For his clothes and other garments, you can use iron-on name labels, while vinyl name labels can be used for a diverse array of items including shoes, notebooks, pencils and colours. If your child has an allergy, you can purchase allergy safety name labels for him. You can even buy personalised backpacks, lunch bags, pencil cases and library bags for your young one here at Hippo Blue.